Sunday, July 12, 2015

ARTISANAL BAKING aka a gourmet vision

ARTISANAL BAKING aka a gourmet vision
Artisanal conjures images of foods being made by hand using traditional methods. This perception is justified, considering Webster’s definition of an artisan as ‘a manually skilled worker’. That said the word gourmet is used liberally. India’s bakery scene is in evolution, with the rise of quality artisan bakery and patisserie operations all across the country!! MEET some of our celebrity pastry chefs who use the KitchenAid while creating these goodies.

Name: Avijit Ghosh
City: Bengaluru, India
Brief Background: A Gastronomic Mastermind who specializes in Pastry, Bakery and Chocolates has immense work experience in his field for 22 years. Started his career as a senior kitchen trainee at the Oberoi School of hotel Management, New Delhi. He has worked with the Oberoi group since then in Kolkata, Bangalore and New Delhi. Trained at “Le Notre” a renowned Pastry school in Paris, we can say he is one of the best in his field. He is also bringing a wide international exposure with his association with Chef Mikeal Azouz, Patissier and chocolatier from France, Chef Luc Eyrie of Valrhona Pastry school, France. He is also the ambassador of the Belgium Chocolate company “Callebaut”.  Chef Avijit Ghosh is the Corporate Pastry Chef. The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts

Name: Daniel Koshy
City: Bengaluru, India
Brief Background: Chef Daniel’s culinary journey began at the Institute of Hotel Management, Chennai in 1995. Having topped the institute, Chef Daniel was selected for the prestigious Oberoi Management Training Programme. Chef Daniel joined JW Marriott, Bengaluru in 2013; a long cherished dream of working with one of the best hospitality brands in the world. At JW Marriott, he has been instrumental in opening the Bengaluru Baking Company. 

Name: Savio Fernandes
City: Mumbai, India
Brief Background: Chef Savio Fernandes has to his credit over 19 years’ of experience in Bakery operations in the hospitality industry in India and Dubai. Currently, he is the Executive Pastry Chef with JW Marriott, Mumbai. He possesses extensive experience in setting up a Pastry / Bakery unit and in creating menus. His forte is Flavours and textures which he incredible at. Chef Savio has gained his commendable experience over the years at different 5 star properties like Madinath Jumeirah: Al Qasr, Dubai, Hotel Oberoi Towers Mumbai, Ramada Hotel Palm Grove, Mumbai and Goa Marriott Resort. He became a part of the JW Marriott, Mumbai in Aug.’03 as Chef De Partie 1. He then moved on to the Goa Marriott Resort – where he spent 3.5 years - as Pastry Chef to further hone his skills. Since July ’08, Chef Savio has been creating pastry delights at JW Marriott, Mumbai and tempting the strongest of will powers to indulge in his mouth-watering creations.

NAME: Pablo Morales              
CITY:  La Coruna, Galicia, Spain (Home town) but based in Delhi
BRIEF BRACKROUND: He began his career when he was 16 years old in Barcelona with one of the best Pastry Chef around Europe “Carle Mampel”, he spent 2 years with him alongside his studies at the renowned pastry college “EPGB” (Barcelona). He moved on to working in a few classics patisseries before he got the opportunity to work in “ME” melia Hotel (Barcelona) as a Pastry Chef. His travels took him to Kuwait to work for the Real Family in the Project “I Love Food” and the last 3 years he spent in  London UK working at the “Luxury Sheraton Park Tower” Hotel , “One O One” restaurant (top 4 best restaurant in the UK) and “Harrod’s” ( the best Store of the world). Today he is with the “The Leela Ambience Gurgaon” as the head pastry chef.

An excursion of Italy with Guest Chef Giuseppe Lioce @ Westin Gurgaon's PREGO!!

This July, take an excursion of Italy, right here at The Westin Gurgaon’s Californian Style Italian Venue- PREGO with Guest Chef, Giuseppe Lioce.

So, just like you would expect in Italy, you can choose to enjoy your meal indoors or out on the open deck with a backdrop of a busy restaurant. In order to deliver the quality that he is so particular about, Giuseppe Lioce personally ensures that he buys only the best and the freshest ingredients. With certain recipes tracing back from his home town aka Bari in the south of Italy, the cuisine here finds its roots in tradition. Giuseppe takes pride in every dish served to you and ensures it is as true to its roots as he himself is with a beautifully crafted A la carte menu, for lunch and dinner.  Veritably Italian!
To start with let me tell you this dynamic Chef Giuseppe comes with 13 years of experience, having worked in a range of boutique restaurants and 5 Star hotels throughout Europe and is currently the Italian Chef at The Westin Pune Koregaon Park specially flown in for this promotion. What do you do when you’re far away from home and you crave for Mama’s cooking? You cook like her, Giuseppe did just that, his promotional menu is concise, classic with his signature twist and his sumptuous offerings focus on taste without forgoing the presentation.
The ‘carpaccio di funghi’  which are seasonal fresh mushrooms marinated in Italian lemon dressing, mint, shaved parmesan, rucola and balsamic reduction is a great prelude of things to come. Every dish that follows from the pasta to the mains will not disappoint- a consistency of standard that adds to the dining pleasure. Try the gnocchi; it is given a fresh twist with tomato sauce, basil, baked in the oven with mozzarella sauce. Not to be missed is the  ‘Paccheri al ragu di Agnello’, here the Paccheri is filled and topped with fork tender slow cooked lamb ragout  is so beautifully cooked and tastes so divine, that it leaves you wanting for more. His specialities ‘branzino livornese’ baked sea bass, tomato sauce with olives, anchovies, capers served with fried polenta and spinach and ‘pollo alla pizzaiola’, chicken fillets cooked in tomato sauce, black olives, oregano, chilli, served with mashed potato are absolute winners. Dessert is a dip into the pool of divine decadence with chef’s version of the ‘millefoglie’, layered warm puff pastry with Italian custard, mango and vanilla ice cream … simply a sweet piece de resistance. Buon Appetito!
The promotion is on from 8th July until 17th July 2015
The WestIn Gurgaon, New Delhi, No 1 MG Road, Gurgaon-122002
For Reservations: 0124 4977777. Extension 7841